The Real Deal New York

Architects need to get out of ivory tower, says MOMA’s new architecture curator

January 12, 2012 01:30PM

Architects should think of themselves more like artists, and advance their careers by doing “unsolicited work,” Pedro Gadanho told the New York Times. The Portuguese architect took over this week as a curator for the Museum of Modern Art’s department of architecture and design. Gadanho will also oversee the Young Architects Program, an annual competition that MOMA and affiliated museum PS1, in Queens, organize together, where emerging architects build projects for PS1’s courtyard.

Gadanho sat down with the Times to discuss his own colorful work, his love of the High Line and how “architects have to get out of that high place in academia or in the corporate office and go back in the streets and find work there.” [NYT]